Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Ursula Münster (Oslo School of Environmental Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway)
Re-thinking Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Towards a More-Than-Human Anthropology
In the age of the Anthropocene, humans have become the earth’s most significant geological force. All environments are now anthropogenic, altered by human disturbance. Since the early days of the discipline, anthropology has been attentive to the manifold ways in which people have transformed and interpreted their environments, and how they have been shaped by them. This presentation explores the relationships between people, plants, and animals at an ecologically disrupted South Indian forest. It asks how layers of human ideas, interests, practices, and infrastructure encounter what I call “anthropogenic wildlife”, which, in all its unruly wildness, also carries the marks of a shared history with people. The materialities and biographies of wildlife in the Anthropocene, I argue, cannot be studied as existing apart from human influence, domestication, and control. This has consequences for wildlife conservation and forest protection. “Wild” does mean pure or untouched anymore. Rather, wildlife, needs to be understood as historically situated and co-evolved with people within a complex web of interspecies relationships. Investigating encounters with the forest and its wildlife anthropologically thus means cultivating attentiveness to how more-than-human relationships are practiced. Such investigations call for a more-than-human anthropology.
Wann? Montag, 04.02.2019, 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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